The Winthrop volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to take the 3-2 win over Presbyterian College, spoiling senior night for the Blue Hose Friday at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. PC took the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-23, but dropped the final three, 20-25, 23-25, and 13-15.
PC drops to 12-15 overall and 7-7 in the Big South, while Winthrop improves to 19-11, 9-5. Both teams await word on seeding and playing times for the league tournament being held Nov. 20-23, on the campus of Coastal Carolina.
Rachel Hall led PC with 19 kills, followed by Ashton Stewart with 13. Ashtin Frank recorded 49 assists, while Mary Trimpe added 25 digs. Kelly Berryman was solid defensively with eight blocks. The Blue Hose recorded 54 kills off 167 attacks for a .132 hitting percentage.
Winthrop was led by Rachel Lenz with 23 kills and Nikki Drost with 12. The Eagles posted 62 kills and carried a .153 hitting percentage.
The first set was close throughout with neither team able to gain much of a foothold. The set saw five ties, the last at 19-19 off back to kills from Robbins and Hall. PC took the next five of six points, to advance to set point, 24-20. A block by Lenz and a block by Brianna Gray cut the margin to two, 24-22, but Johna Robbins ended the rally with a kill from Frank as PC took the 25-22 first set win.
Almost a carbon copy of the first set, the second included 12 ties, with Rachel Elshoff making it 20-20 with a kill. PC built a 23-20 lead off a Berryman and Hall block, and an Elshoff ace, but Winthrop fought back to within one, 23-22. Leading 24-23, PC used a kill by Stewart to seal the 25-23 win.
PC stormed out to the 6-0 lead in the third set and looked to be in control but Winthrop chipped into the lead with a 9-3 run to tie it at 9-9. The Eagles continued their run and took 19-11 lead off a 10-2 spurt. The Blue Hose rallied to cut the lead to two, 22-20, off a Stewart kill, before a PC attack error, a Gray block and a Lenz service ace gave the Eagles the 25-20 win.
Winthrop took a dominating 22-14 lead in the fourth set before PC rallied with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to just one at 25-23. It was for naught at PC recorded a service error to give the Eagles the 25-23 win, to force a fifth set.
The Blue Hose trailed by six, 14-8, in the fifth set and were close to losing, but rallied with five straight, capped by a block by Stewart and Robbins, to make it a one-point set, 13-14. Winthrop squashed the potential comeback with a kill by Drost as the Eagles took the 15-13 fifth set and match win.